Malton, North Yorkshire 
 
Here's a message from Leo about his final preparation for Thursford Christmas Spectaculer, one of the biggest Christmas shows in the U.K. 
Hello! We’re coming into our final week now here before we open! This job is truly incredible as it’s not everyday you get to sing with a 20+ piece orchestra and work amongst some of the most incredible singers and dancers in the country. Thursford really does live up to it’s name of being a ‘spectacular’. 
 
There’s dancing penguins, a Wurlitzer Organ, a juggler, tap dancing and choral singers, and there is thousands of Christmas lights EVERYWHERE. 
We perform to audiences of around 1500 every show, and almost every single show is SOLD OUT - which is just incredible! I’m one of the 57 singers and to have this as my first job, is really a dream come true. It was slightly odd to have immersed myself in Christmas from the end of September, but it kind of feels normal now! Hope that everyone at KH is well and if any of you take a jaunt to Norfolk let me know!  
Wow wow wow, we have Brilliant news! 
Kirkham Henry applied to National Lottery Awards for All for a grant for some works to our buildings, and we are delighted to tell you that our application has been successful. We’ve been awarded a grant of £9,801 to improve the safety and security of the premises. 
 
We will use the money to carry out the following works: 
New window to Studio 3, to keep the weather out; 
New fire escape/ disabled access to the rear of the building; 
Footpath to rear of building to enable safe entrance and exit; 
Close current escape from boys’ changing room, installing window and ventilation; 
New ceiling, cupboards, plasterwork and tiles to the kitchen; 
A tea urn (water boiler); 
Coat hooks and benches for the boys’ changing room. 
 
Massive thanks to Poll for all her hard work in form filling in order for us to be awarded this wonderful grant. 
Brilliant Contemporary workshop tonight with Martha. 
Bodies flying all over the place with our new contemporary students having a really good go at the new moves and our advanced students encouraging the newbies. 
Josh Milner in 'Last Man Standing' 
Sending our best wishes to former pupil Joshua Milner who opens this evening in Last Man Standing at Theatre N16 - supporting Help for Heroes and British Legion. This play, devised by young people for a young cast, explores the fine line which divides loyalty and duty; love and obsession. 
 
Last Man Standing is part of Theatre N16's First Credit scheme which seeks to give new graduates their first paid job on a London stage. 
 
Theatre N16 is a trailblazing London fringe venue, focused on producing and programming top quality new writing and selected existing works. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare and development of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat. 
Royal Academy of Dance Examinations 
Well done everyone for all your hard work in preparing and practicing for today's Royal Academy of Dance children's examinations. Massive thanks to Miss Catherine for her patience and inspiration and to Mrs Marshal for playing the piano so beautifully for you all.  
 
Thanks to our KH families for all the help and encouragement you give along the way. Here's a few photos of some of our higher grade pupils who took their exam this afternoon. 
Regional Dance Competitions successes 
STUDENTS at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts in Malton have danced their way to success in a regional competition. The pupils won a total of 83 medals and 11 trophies in the different age groups at the Elmete Dance Festival in Sherburn. 
 
Angela Kirkham, director of Kirkham Henry, said they were delighted with the results and added: “Well done to everyone who took part.” 
 
The trophy winners were: 
Junior Novice National: Ava-Lily Cooke 
Juvenile/Junior Novice Tap: Jack Gibson 
Juvenile/Junior Novice Ballet: Scarlett Rich-Spriggs 
Inter/Sen Novice Modern: Ella Piercy 
Inter/Sen Novice Character: Sophie Collier 
D section over all: Maisie Jones 
E section over all runner-up: Sophie Clarkson 
F section over all: Charlie Armstrong 
 
Adjudicators choice winners: 
Most promising Junior Novice: Scarlett Rich- Spriggs 
Most Cabaret potential: Charlie Armstrong 
Intermediate Vocational ballet exams of The Royal Academy of Dance 
Charlie, Tilly and Nell have been over to Manchester today to take their Advanced 1 and Intermediate Vocational ballet exam of The Royal Academy of Dance.  
 
It's so wonderful to have such dedication in these young ladies, we all hope they danced their socks off and had a great time. Charlie called in to KH on her way back home to thank Miss Angela with some beautiful flowers. Tilly and Nell got in touch and sent over their photos as their exam was later in the day. 
 
Thanks for working so hard for me girls - Miss Angela 
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